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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 43
Gots: 98 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002)
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

schultzi22, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of YaKnowBrady
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

YaKnowBrady, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet at World of Beer in WPB.

Appearance - Clear, but darker yellow. No head and no lace. Doesn't look very alive for a gueuze.

Smell - Some funk and some acidity. Some vinegar notes as well. Not a very exciting nose.

Taste - Good funky flavor at first. Slightly tart, but not much. Nice flavor at first. Not a complex flavor, but still nice. Odd vinegary finish is somewhat detracting.

Mouthfeel - The finish is dry, but with an odd vinegar taste, as mentioned above. Not the best.

Overall - Tasty, but not complex and certainly not very delicious in the finish. Still enjoyable and flavorful.

Alieniloquium, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Best before 08-11-30.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed golden color. Two fingers of white, fluffy froth. Retention is a hair below average with no lacing left.

4.5 S: Pleasantly balanced between funk and fruit. Wild apple and vinous white grape lead the charge. Gym socks, dirt, and rotting wood are close behind. A small tinge of acetic acid with a heavier allowance of lactic acid - just enough to complement. Oak sticks out with just the slightest hint of tannic astringency and some vanilla to go along. Musty basement with wet hay and musky white tail buck. Very complex with great complementarity between aromas.

4.5 T: The taste is as good as the nose suggested it is. Wonderful balance between flavors. The bugs aren't overly aggressive as they are in Cantillon or many US brewers. Plenty of wild apple fruitiness, though pear now enters the fold. The white grape is somewhat subdued in the taste. Rotting wood and oak are strong with a slight increase in the tannic intensity. Musty basement, dry dusty cardboard, musky wilderness, dry-rotted socks, apple orchard, and vanilla. Subtle acidity, but again enough to complement. Superbly complex and well put together brew.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, though I dare say it could use a touch more. Reasonably creamy with a woody aftertaste.

4.5 D: Great beer. Easily one of my new favorites of the style. Tons of complexity without needing to relay on acid overload to be interesting.

DavoleBomb, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked 375 ml. bottle into a wine glass. A triple gueuze tasting unfolds. The Vieille opens with a soft pop and pours with a light haze Half an inch of cap settles out to a light film after a minute or so. A hazed golden in color.

Nose offers a light sourness and with a fruity backbone. Aroma is pleasant and intriguing though perhaps a bit subdued and with a touch of lemon.

Flavor follows with light tartness and a bit of lemon funk. Touch of perceived hop character on the nose with some agitation. Bit funky/earthy though rather thin in body and with a short finish for the style. Decent but unexciting.

HalfFull, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well thank god the cork didnt shoot across the room like the last one! 375 mL botte poured into a GL Christmas Ale snifter. Sour beer for a bad day!

Pours a light straw color with minimal carbonation. Bonus points for not being overly carbonated!

The smell is almost overwhelming. Lots of apple cider vinegar, funk, and sour. Light notes of yeast.

Well that sour vinegar really comes through in the taste. Hints of sour green grapes, lemon zest, and more sour. This is really what I expected when I had been reading about "sour beers." Lots of sour and barnyard funk, and not as much of the accentuating flavors as other gueuzes.

Aftertaste feels like a very dry white whine, with some funk mixed in. Sour, yet somehow isnt too much. Very solid gueuze. Going to get another to age, as should you.

VncentLIFE, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Pours hazy golden with a huge, white, foamy head. Rustic, sour aroma of spoiled fruit hits nose. Body is full and crisp. Taste is very sour of spoiled fruit, funky barnyard, yeast and some bready malt. Long, sour finish is very dry. It is my first geuze, therefore it is “has to be acquired taste” brew.

mikeg67, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of KDawg
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 375 into a bordeaux glass. Poured a solid orange/gold color with a foamy 2" head

Very funky aromas off the bat. Very cote-rotieish with a good amount of funk and earth along with aromas of sour green apples, sour oranges, and citrus tones as well. Very good complexity with good depth

Frothy medium feel. The carbonation domaintes along with sour apples, oranges and citrus tones along with a touch of earthy funk on the back end

This is a real good geuze. Brings everything that you want from a geuze. The aromas make the beer and has a lot of complexity+depth

KDawg, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours cloudy straw yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dank basement funk, damp earth, wet hey, green apples, lemons, and some light lactic sourness. It is fairly complex for being so simple.

T - Starts off with a ton of horse blanket funk slowly giving way to a mix of green apple, lemons, wet barn, and some light lactic sourness. The finish is pretty dry with plenty of funk, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not as tart as I was expecting. Still has quite a bit of funk but the balance is a bit off here.

O - Pretty good but I have had much better. I would have preferred a bit more balance, in this case more tartness and a little less funk, but it was still pretty enjoyable.

orangesol, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle shared with a few BAs at a gueuze tasting.

This bottle was over filled. It was filled right up to the cork. As soon as I loosened the cage the cork wanted to fly off. Luckily this didn't turn into a bottle bomb. No gushing and no one lost an eye, so all turned out well.
The beer poured with a fizzy, loud, white head with next to no retention. This was one of the lightest colored beers of the evening. It is a clear pale yellow, almost like Bud Light.

There is plenty of musty, barnyard hay-funk here. Squeezes of lime brighten up the aroma just a little bit with tart citrus juice.

The malts come out here in ways that I haven't noticed in other gueuzes. Its malty sweet up front with wheat and dough. Tart citrus juice and bitter rind come out shortly thereafter. Sourness is low. The finish is very funky, but also quite bitter. The bitterness boarders on medicinal before long.

Way too carbonated, which makes this bottle all the more of a miracle. As soon as the beer hits the mouth it feels like it flashes into expanding foam. The body is light and the finish is pretty dry.

Probably one of my least favorite gueuze of the line-up, but all in all its not a terrible one.

MbpBugeye, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pops open as soon as I unscrew the muselet (yer, apparently that's what the "cage" is called).

Pour is yellow with large head which rapidly recedes to a smallish film. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Smell is, um, funky with lemon, rockmelon. Quite restrained and balanced funk.

Taste is subtle raw faecal funk with some fruits.

Mouthfeel is thin with quite a lot of carb. Doesn't quite hit me as ideal.

Overall a decent gueuze but seems a bit tame and subtle.

danieelol, Oct 09, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into goblet. Consumed at The Abbey Trappist Pub in Stockton.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy golden-peach with pretty much no head and zero lace.
S: Funky notes of sweaty socks, and bit of citrus and hay, peaches and a touch of spice. The nose is light, and there is a clean tartness to the aroma.
T: Big peach, citrus and golden fruits with a touch of barnyard hay and funk mixed with sweat and a bit of light tartness. A bit young tasting and light on the tartness, but still flavorful.
M: Low but tingly carbonation with a medium-light body, thinnish watery mouthfeel, and a finish that is dry but not crazy.
O: Clean flavors but not very funky or sour. I’m not sure how old this bottle is but I bet a couple years in the cellar would do this wonders.

scottfrie, Sep 26, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage. Last of the great ones from Oud Beersel blended by the Vanderveldans. These notes do not apply to current product sold under this name.

App- Straw colored with a slight haze. Nice one finger white head.

Sm- Lactic astringency followed with subtle notes of horse blanket and funk. Slight belgian phenols in the background.

Ta- Tons of fruit: lemons, pineapples, kiwis and green apples. A subtle note o f acetic tang to bring up the complexity. Musty cobwebs and funk lingering in the finish.

Ov- Wonderful balance. A truly elegant gueuze that has aged gracefully.

gueuzer, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 375ml bottle into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

A: poured a very light golden color with some haze to it. A nice frizzy white head appeared. Started off kind of think put slowly died down but a light about of head remained.

S: Definite aromas of some sour apple with a bit of funk in the mix. Kind of reminds me of a nicely fermented cider that used green apples.

T: Initial tastes of a a mild sour apple, with a touch of citrus, possibly a little pineapple in the mix.

M: In the mouth it is nicely carbonated, not overpowering. Up front fruit flavors with a nice finish of some sour.

O: Was a bit surprised by this beer, i kind of had a little bit more expectation for it. I guess I did drink it a little young. But glad I did not spend the extra to get the 750ml. However I would buy the 750ml, but to age for a while.

GrumpyJunglist, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille

375ml bottle. Appears a light golden color with a crackling head that recedes to a fine film on top. Clear golden ale.

A fine smelling Geuze with note soft lemon rind, straw, funk, and expressive wild yeast. The beer is almost breathing, and is definitely lively.

The Oud BeersfeL has a truly unique and characterful taste, very tart, sour, funky and drying. There is a mild barrel note apparent as well, but so much beer has been aged in them, it is quite faint. Also, a faint malted grain. Mostly, there's a sharp sourness, oaky tannins, soured lemon, and musty funk all screaming to the palate. As it warms, the barrel notes come out a bit more, and the sour is long lasting.

Sour, dry mouthfeel, with a very moreish finish. Sour notes linger through the sip and are faintly there for the duration of the experience.

The Oude Geueze Vieille is an incredible example of the style. Very lively flavors, done in accordance to tradition, since 1882. A fine, sophisticated sipper, I would recommend this beer to anyone with an open mind and a half hour to spare.

Stinkypuss, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of julian
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden yellow in color. Almost perfectly clear, with a slight haze. Huge billowing white head. Tons of bubblies seeking refuge at the surface. 4.5

S: That awesome Belgian lambik FUNK that I LOVE. Slightly tart, grassy, and super funky. Love it. 4.5

T&M: Highly carbonated, typical of the Gueze style. Expectantly dry. Lovely funky, tart taste, grassy. There’s an unfortunate, yet obvious metallic off flavor in the finish. Since I already know this is unusual and shouldn’t be there, I’m not going to factor it into my review. 4.0 / 4.5

O: Awesome representation of the classic Belgian Gueze style. Nice blend of lambiks. Awesome tartness and oh so refreshing in these summer months. Very well done. 4

julian, Aug 29, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tannic nose, fairly dry with a fruity grapefruit style but still very quiet. The palate follows from this perspective tannic acid, which gives the smell with vinegar and the smell of gastric juices. Which offers a range of tastes quite nice. The bitterness is unfortunately not marked but it offers an after-taste of cork. The body is more fruity than the others with a small palace gueuzes fishing rough and sweet. The finish is persistent and spreading in all the flavors of beer. Good gueuze in the traditional style.

ThaCreep, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a drie fonteinen stemmed glass

best by 2030

pours a slightly golden yellow with a hint of orange. nice inch plus of fluffy white head. light retention.

lots of skunk with a slight mix of dry oak, vinegar, and lemon. very potent.

more mild in flavor. again, skunky, but lots of oak and earthy minerals. a deep sourness that is light, if that makes sense. lots of oak mixed in. light lemon. decent funk.

a bit thin and light with a bit of dryness. for as much oak as i picked up, there seemed to be a lack of dryness in the feel.

decent, nothing i'll stock up on but i plan on buying a few more for down the road.

hooliganlife, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of auroracrisis
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml into a tumbler, best by 19-10-2029

Pours a hazy straw yellow. Big head that dissipates before you're finished pouring into a one finger head. Tiny, effervescent bubbles dance to the top of the beverage. Head sticks around for the duration of the session.

On the nose, we have hay and fruity citrus notes similar to lemon peel. Behind that, there are other musty notes like a damp cellar or dusty canvas with some granny smith apples. The aromatics of this beer are literally jumping out of the glass at me. I left my glass in a room to deal with some things I am cooking, came back and could smell the beer from about 5-6 feet away... pretty impressive.

The taste is much more subtle than what I am used to in some what fresh gueuze. Forward with fruity lemon like citrus flavor, with a musky undercoat of hay, dank cellar and granny smith apple skin. Pretty well put together, but like I said subtle.

The mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation at first, then spotty carbonation. Crisp on the tongue and refreshingly dry. It seemed like it lost a ton of carbonation in the first 10 or so minutes the beer was in my glass.

Overall, a good gueuze. Great aromatics of lemon and hay, with subtle granny smith apples and dank cellar qualities. The flavor could use a little more complexity and punch but I am not going to hold it against the beer. Pretty good for the availability of this gueuze.

auroracrisis, Aug 08, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very clear straw gold in color, very effervescent, with a one finger beady, quickly dissipating head. It smells of sour peachy apricots yet isn't as fruity as the Hanssens gueuze. There's a lot of funk. The flavor is again very tannic and features a lot of dehydrated fruits. The funk is nice and I swear the brett is powerful in this. It's overly carbonated so drinks light and fizzy. You would have thought that this wine glass is laser etched. The flavor is a little short lived. It's sour but it doesn't resonate and is somewhat quick to fade. The beer is pretty light and drinks quickly. Overall it's a solid gueuze but not exceptional by any means.

aasher, Aug 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden-yellow with a moderate white head that quickly faded.

Smell: Barnyard funk with some citrus fruit, mild apple and lactic notes.

Taste: Grapefruit notes, and a hint of apples delivered with mild sour note. Some mild barnyard funk also comes through in the taste. The aftertaste finishes on a mild citrus note.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a fair level of carbonation.

Overall: Good tasting beer with a good flavor profile. I will buy this one again.

IKR, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottleshare and tasting with Alucard4, BHOBS and DarthKostrizer.

Look: Straw yellow with a 1/2 inch bubbly head and ok retention

Smell: Right when you pop the cork you can smell the funkiness kinda like when someone with bad BO passes by you yeah it is that kind of funk. Also has some fruitness to it apricot comes to mind

Taste: Slight tart and sour. Hints of orange lemon and grapefruit

Mouthfeel: Slightly tart and sour light body and stupid amounts of carbonation

Overall: This is a good representation of the style.

DarthKostrizer, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you to BHOBS for the bottleshare with Alucard4 and DarthKostrizer.
Very effervescent white head. Cloudy Peachy color. 

Funky Brett. Peachy. Apricotty. Bready bisquity yeast. 

Strong sour tartness. Fades a little as you drink but the first sip is an assault on the whole mouth. Notes of Grapes. Apricot. Slightly acidic/metallic taste.

Very effervescent light bodied. Crisp and bitter. Very high carbonation.

Overall I'm not sure how much I like or hate it but I can appreciate the style yet As a chef, balance is very important to me and the biggest problem I have with sours and geuzes are the lack of balance.

MrVonzipper, Jul 31, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, bright golden color with vigorous carbonation that produces a couple fingers of bubbly off-white head.

S- Yeast, barnyard mustiness, light lemony citrus. Simple but done very well.

T- Loads of yeast and barnyard/hay funk, very strong and consistent tartness with a touch of lemon, hops aren't detectable, malts are just barely there and are mostly grain-like. Finishes dry and refreshing.

M- Light bodied, high carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

O- A delicious, very drinkable gueuze, represents the style very well. Definitely worth a try.

WillCarrera, Jul 25, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smelled funk as soon as I opened this bottle and the cork came out supper easy. I smell a bit of lemony sourness, funk and green grapes. The appearance was nice pale golden color with lots of bubbly head. Lots of carbonation in this one. Taste was OK but some flavors came through I was not excited about. I loved the beginning sour fruitiness that led to an odd bitterness and finally to a sort of metallic taste (didn't stay long though). Overall I thought this was OK and worth a try but liked others in this style much more.

jmadrigal2, Jul 22, 2011
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
90 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.